COVID-19 Positive Isolation Off-campus

Anyone who contracts COVID-19 (confirmed by a positive antigen test) while on campus will be expected to leave promptly for their own health and also for the safety of the community. There are no medical staff, facilities, or supplies on the Bread Loaf campus, and Bread Loaf staff are not trained to administer health support for those who test positive and must isolate per current COVID protocols. Therefore, anyone who tests positive will need to leave the campus.

Every attendee should have an emergency departure plan in place should they test positive and need to leave campus.

Attendees who arrived by car and are able to drive home, return home to recover. Otherwise, attendees leave campus to isolate in a hotel room off-campus and contact a friend or family member to assist with additional care, should it be needed, until they are able to safely return home.

Below you will see a list of local hotels and taxis to help with your planning. You will also find contact information for Porter Medical Center (the local hospital) and Porter’s ExpressCare. Please be sure to have on hand the contact information for your personal physician and healthcare providers, too, in case you want to reach out to them while away from home.

Please note that Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences is not able to cover the costs of hotel and taxi that attendees may incur. Any who must leave campus due to a positive antigen test and who made a room and board payment to Middlebury College will receive a prorated refund for that room and board payment.

Hotels in the Middlebury Area:

Blueberry Hill Inn                   
Goshen Ripton Rd., Goshen              

Chipman Inn
Route 125, Ripton

Courtyard by Marriot                         
Route 7, Middlebury                         

Middlebury Inn                                  
Route 7 on the Green, Middlebury    

Middlebury Sweets Motel                                
Route 7 South, Middlebury               

Robert Frost Mountain Cabins
2430 North Branch Rd., Ripton

Swift House Inn                                
Route 7 North, Middlebury               

Waybury Inn
457 East Main St., East Middlebury


The first two taxi services below are more likely available for a trip within the Ripton/Middlebury area, and all below are likely available for transportation from the Ripton/Middlebury area to the Burlington Airport and Bus Station and the Essex Train Station:

  • Jessica’s Vital Transit: 802-349-8833
  • Small City Taxi: Contact Rick Loyer at 877-3395

Local Health Service Providers

Porter Medical Center
115 Porter Drive
Middlebury, VT  05753

Porter ExpressCare
115 Porter Drive
Middlebury, VT  05753